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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
knowing the brutality of the assad regime. want to focus on what happens when the kofi annan churchy broker since element. i urge you speak a week ago in washington about this whole career, but this question and basically said they were trying to work out a ceasefire and there would be a transition. and over the transition period, assad would sit down at some point, maybe not right away, but at a process. they would have supported the other elements that were more a regime whose supporters would've gone along along with this. but he said that the western assisted they had to sit down first instead of having a process where would be understood that he would step down. if he could come to an agreement, just think of the international place that should have the will security council to get the assad regime with a critical issue. there's whether you saw that process and a comment on it. >> they have a six-point plan. the assad regime accepted to withdraw heavy military equipment from cities. that acceptance wasn't more in the media than underground. the assad regime agreed to stop shooti
Oct 21, 2012 12:15am EDT
syria. people in late 2005 for counting the days when the assad regime, there were syrian expatriates and organizations that were just waiting to move in. but he survived that and i think that really created in him a sense of triumphalist and survivalism that very much informed his view of the world, and response to the uprising in march 2011 because it instilled in him this sense the sense of destiny and righteousness. he survived the best shot in the west had taken at him and he was on the right side of history. they really believed it. they have what i call a different paradigm of the world. it might be off but it is completely different. it's based on their own history and based on their own experiences. they just have a different view of the nature of threat and it's a very paranoid few, very suspicious view of the outside world. that is hard to imagine because there has been just enough imagination by great powers from the outside over the decades. certainly after syria became independent in 1946 and became upon between the british and the french and regional powers, a pond betw
Oct 11, 2012 9:00pm PDT
are fighting to overthrow president bashar al-assad. every night the supply route is attacked by his regime's aircraft and helicopters. >> as we're driving, we see another car is coming our way. people crossing back into turkey, refugees. >> narrator: ghaith was on his way to meet up with the rebels who were fighting in syria's biggest city and commercial hub, aleppo. >> this is the most important battle in syria. through the battle of aleppo, we can see the future of the syrian revolution. >> narrator: by dawn, ghaith had reached a rebel staging post just a few miles outside of aleppo. fighters had just arrived fresh from battle. they call themselves the free syrian army. their commander, abu bakri, said they now controlled half the city but that government forces were advancing. >> (translated): the day before yesterday, there was increased artillery shelling and shooting of mortars and mig planes attacked. we've retreated to create a second defensive line so we can counterattack. >> narrator: abu bakri never expected to be a rebel commander. >> (translated): i finished compulsory militar
Oct 11, 2012 3:00pm PDT
and military gear to aid the assad regime, in the syrian civil war. >> this was equipment and ammunition that was being sent from a russian agency to the syrian defense ministry. this equipment is now being examined by relevant units. under no circumstances, can this and something like this happening on a passenger plane is a violation of international flights. >> warner: russian authorities had disputed earlier reports that military equipment was on board the plane. and moscow accused the turks of endangering the roughly 30 crew and passengers, many of them russian. the plane was allowed to fly on to damascus without the disputed cargo. but the syrian transport minister condemned turkey's actions. >> ( translated ): what happened could be described as turkish aero-piracy against a civilian syrian plane. they took with force a part of the shipment without giving any receipts. it's a kind of provocation that reflects a turkish political failure in its dealing with the syrian issue. >> warner: the turks have voiced repeated frustration that russia-- a major arms supplier to syria-- has blo
Oct 17, 2012 11:00pm EDT
foundation examined russia's role in the conflict and their support of the assad regime. the turkish military recently confiscated russian arms down to board a ceramic commercial airliner. this is an hour and a half. >> we of course welcome those who showed us on all of these occasions, on our website as well as those joining us via c-span today and in the future. we would ask of an in-house to make sure your cell phones have been turned off as they prepare to begin for everyone's benefit in the recording of today's program. we will oppose the programs in 24 hours on a heritage website for everyone's future reference. hosting our discussion today stuck to her stephen bucci, senior research fellow for direct, security and allison center for foreign policy studies. his focus of special operations in cybersecurity bacillus defense support to to civil authorities. dr. bucci served america with three decades as a special third-best time in special forces. he also became military assistance to defense secretary donald rumsfeld and served throughout secretaries turned. at his retirement
Oct 14, 2012 2:00pm EDT
for the assad regime. the expatriates, organization just waiting to move in one assad fell. but that created in hand and triumphalism and survivalism that very much reformed his view of the world and the response to the uprising that again in march march 2011 because it instilled in him the sense of destiny and righteousness that he survived to bash out the whiskey taken in and that he was on the right side of history. they really believe that. they have what i call a different conceptual paradigm of the world. it might be skewed. it might be off, but it's completely different based on their own history, based on their own experiences. they just have a different view of the nature of the threat. as a very paranoid view, very suspicious view of the outside world that are real because there has been just enough imagination to create power from the outside of the decade, certainly after syria became independent in 1946, between the british and the french and regional powers during the cold war. so that is their heritage. that's their experience. and then the arab-israeli conflict. that's how th
Oct 28, 2012 11:30pm EDT
, and the conditionality involved into a market oriented economy. >> host: what role does an assad regime play? >> guest: the assad regime from the beginning, 1970, when the father, senior, gained power, he was intent on bringing in, actually, the business community into the fold, even if in an informal manner to actually have the economy, after some years of serious marginalization of the business community by the same regime under a different leadership. what syria or the regime ended up doing is the summit of the book which basically ended up selectively networks with big business in such a manner that allows this state business relationship to mature and develop from the 1970s to the 1980s and eventually hijack the economy in the 1990s in what we call the business networks or cloning networks. >> host: now, who did the hijacking? >> guest: the state business relations, basically amounted to networks that ended up controlling the commanding height of the economy. of course, the state had the more strategic assets within its possession, but a lot of big business, individual business that are quote-on-
Oct 17, 2012 8:00pm EDT
in the assad regime. in part i think it was a horrible misreading of the nature of the assad regime and the possibility of negotiating a diplomatic transition to a new government. and i think in part it was due to an insistence on multilateralism almost doesn't end in itself which comes from u.s. policy which decision-making to the united nations which was the paralyzed by a threat to the russian and chinese veto. the obama administration entered office and initially soft-pedaled its criticism of the regimes hostile policies including including its violent crackdown on its own people its long-standing support for terrorism second only to iran, its implacable hostility to israel and its close alliance with iran and russia and the soviet union. syrian supported groups killing u.s. troops in iraq and supported hezbollah the lebanese terrorist organization which was responsible for the death of many americans in lebanon, including 1983 bombings of the u.s. embassy and the marine barracks in beirut and i go back to lebanon because i think it's worth noting that the marines initially had
Oct 28, 2012 11:30am EDT
to bash shard al assad's regime in syria, which goes against american policy and also with no air cover of any kind, no american planes there to assert air sovereignty it is also an open corridor for the israelis should they ever want to attack the nuclear installations in iran which is something the obama administration itself is trying to discourage. another factor is al qaeda in iraq is not a threat to the american homeland but it's become more active in iraq and it's become more of a factor in syria which is also something that runs counter to american policy. so i think given the considerable sacrifice the united states made in iraq it is uortunate the strategic outcome is not more consonant with american interest. >> the middle east is a safer place with sd saddam hussein off the table. do you think that's true? >> i think, people ask me all the time, it was worth it? the way i -- the way i, in my own head, have tried to resolve that question is it depends what iraq backs over tecomes the nexd that depends to a considerable extent, on what american influence can be brought to bear
Oct 4, 2012 8:00pm EDT
that the assad regime will fall by next summer. the u.s. institute posted the activists who are part of a group called the day after project. they presented a transition plan for syria which they say it started being used by the opposition areas no longer under assad's control. this is just under two hours. >> good morning ladies and gentlemen. i am jim marshall the new president of the institute of peace which i'm delighted to tell you and i'm also very pleased that everyone is here today for a very important, to hear about a very important projects sponsored by the institute of peace. my job principally is to introduce steve heideman. steve stevens or senior advisor for middle east initiatives. he has taught at columbia. he is extensively published, has also directed the center for democracy and civil studies and civil society at georgetown university. he is a terrific asset to the institute. this project is one that is driven by syria with assistance, technical assistance and other kinds of assistance from the institute and sister institution in germany. it is very important that these kinds
Oct 17, 2012 12:00pm EDT
thinking about the supposed benefits of engaging the assad regime. in part i think it was a horrible misreading of the nature of the assad regime and the possibility of negotiating a diplomatic transition to a new government. and i think in part it was due to an insistence on multilateralism almost as an end in itself which hamstrung u.s. policy and pushed decision making to the united nations which was paralyzed by a lack of consensus and the threat of a russian and chinese veto. the obama administration entered office determined to improve relations with the assad regime and initially soft pedaled its criticism of the regime's hostile policies including its violent crackdown on its own people. it did this despite the assad regime's deep-rooted hostility to u.s. policy in the middle east, its longstanding support of terrorism second only to iran, its implacable hostility to israel and its close alliance with iran and russia and before that the soviet union. syria-supported groups killing u.s. troops in iraq and supported hezbollah, the lebanese terrorist organization which was respo
Oct 13, 2012 7:00pm EDT
support the assad regime because it has -- very secularized. and therefore there will be a buffer against any sort of conservative state from developing. the regime that, as you said earlier in the aftermath, if that should happen, there could be retribution and revenge against these minorities who have supported the regime. and so the nature of the crisis has become very sectarian whereas the opposition is almost entirely soon the arab. they will put out and allied are christian answer to the process early on to try to show that it is nonsectarian and that it is more nationalist and that they are for democracy in all of that. it has become much more sectarian. almost all of the defectors are sunni arab. almost all the commanders of leaders of the various military councils and militias and free syrian army are also in the arab , and they are being supported by city-state's in turkey and saudi arabia in particular. >> israel in this. one other important neighbor. >> that is kind of quiet. >> and prettily so in my view. they have been acquired during the whole their spring. they're waiting
Oct 8, 2012 2:00am EDT
plan. the assad regime violated every point of the plan. the assad accepted to withdraw heavy military equipment from cities. that acceptance was more in the media than on the ground. the assad regime agreed to stopped shooting at unarmed citizens and that sounded well on cnn but on the ground there were snipers that took out citizens. it never mentioned that assad would later consider stepping down. the problem to reaching the six point of political dialogue is all the previous five points have been violated and therefore the assad regime will tell you it will accept a cease fire. immediately i can tell you with confidence that the assad regime is lying through itself teeth. >> i think also it is a credible threat. we need a credible threat for him to commit to any plan. that's what i think is really wanted. we can not just suggest for him and hope he will follow that. we need to be credible. >> you said it is the west who insist that assad step down. i would like to tell you no, it is the syrian people who want assad to step down. the west is echoing what we wanted and it took them a
Oct 16, 2012 9:30am PDT
think i'm crazy. but arming the rebels led to the massacre by the assad regime. i was sure that assad would use it as an excuse to call them armed terrorists. putting weapons in the hands of the people was a license for assad to kill them. he claims the rebels on the syrian pacifists' but islamic terrorists, armed from outside. >> 18 months ago, when the rebellion was in its infancy, fadwa called for civil disobedience on the streets of homs. she became a heroine of the opposition and therefore a prominent target of the regime. she was forced into hiding until she could flee. >> the syrian people have paid a very high price for their struggle for freedom. they are paying with their blood, their honor, and with their lives and the lives of their children. i dream of a future government that respects this sacrifice. i want a future government to realize the desire of the people for freedom, justice, and democracy and create a state that is not influenced by any religion or led by the military. >> the freedom and security fadwa in joyce in paris leaves her feeling even more powerless. sh
Oct 23, 2012 4:00pm PDT
of the most powerful sunni politicians in tripoli, the message is stark -- the assad regime is the enemy. >> tripoli is targeted because it is supporting syrian rebels, and the syrian regime wants to create tension haircut -- here. >> in beirut, this retail district should get -- should be full of late-night shoppers, getting ready for the holiday, but troops are out in step -- out instead, partly because the lebanese are split for and against the syrian regime. the message here is, "do not bute matters worse," with syria's trouble much closer, it is not clear how that can be done. >> in other news from around the world, the emir of qatar has made a historic public visit to gaza to openly support hamas after it broke ties with the syrian government. he is the main backer for the free syrian army, providing large amounts of money and military hardware. it is the first for the palestinian territory -- the first visit for the palestinian territory by a head of state. the head of the top disaster body has resigned in italy, charged with underestimating the risk of a 2009 earthquake. the ruli
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
, or give us anti-aircraft weapons, the war would be over in two or three days. and so would assad's regime. you have a message for president assad? "my message is clear," he said, "surrender now. he killed our children and destroyed our homes. we will not allow him to lead syria." if nothing stops this war, the u.n. estimates that as many as 700,000 syrians will have fled to neighboring countries by the end of this year. and there is growing concern the violence could trigger further sectarian conflict, and widen a fault line in the region, already at the brink. brian? >> ann curry after a dicey day of reporting in syria today. and our thanks to our team on the ground from across the region tonight. ann curry, richard engel and lester holt. thank you all. we'll have much more of their reporting on our website tonight, when our broadcast continues, emergency landings, loose seats, late flights. what's going on at american airlines these days? >>> and later a woman making a difference for young girls who don't have another home to go home to. tom costello. >> reporter: mo
Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
to overthrow the dictatorship was in those days all about democracy and freedom from the assad regime but you seem to be saying that that's changing now. that the opposition is something very different. >> absolutely. there's been a real shift, if you like. one man told me, you know, if we're drowning and reach out our hand and ask for help from the west and you don't help us you can't expect us to die, we are going to take the hand of the person who will help us. in this case unfortunately that has turned out to be extremist groups. >> pelley: you were just in aleppo, syria's largest city, on assignment for "60 minutes." what was it like when you were there? >> it's impossible to overemphasize just how devastating the effect of the regime's constant bombardment has been on aleppo. both physically-- there are entire neighborhoods that have been reduced to smoking piles of rubble-- but also psychologically. people are living there in a constant state of fear. i sat down with a group of women who told me that they hadn't left the house in over a month. and when you hear the sound of the jets co
Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
to the mark of anniversary of the 1973 war against israel. sresident assad's regime is fighting for the survival, and it's unlikely that he wants to antagonize a powerful neighbor like turkey. but the bloody chaos that's cost housanf thousands of lives inside syria, now threatens to entangle other countries, even if they don't really want to fight. holly williams, cbs news, istanbul, turkey. gh axelrod: now to afghanistan where two u.s. soldiers were .illed today by insurgents. it happened in the eastern section of the country that's seen heavy fighting in recent months. tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of the start of the fghan war. coming up, a vatican insider nvicteted. stay with us. >> axelrod: at the vatican the verdict is in-- the pope's butler did it, found guilty of stealing papers from his boss and leaking them to the press. alan pizzey has been following intrigueigue. o reporter: paolo gabriele's record of seven years of alithful service as the papal ogyler and his apology to vinedict xvi earned him a reduced sentence. he said he acted out of what he called a viscer
Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
to persuade the assad regime to have a cease- fire. >> this is exactly what many people feared, the conflict spreading and flaming an already divided region. turkey backed the rebels, lightly armed, but without clear that ship. they have taken ground from a substantial army backed by iran in particular. president assad no longer controls his country, but equally he has not lost it. the longer the syrian deadlock, the greater the risk to its neighbors and the region will get sucked into confrontation. >> you will see this proxy conflict boiling over. you need some kind of international momentum to form a consensus that action can shift the ground away from conflict. >> note and to the conflict is in sight. syrian state television is that this does result of unbearable bombings and a lot of today. -- no end to the conflict is in sight. syrian state television said that this is the result of rebel bombings today. most of those killed were soldiers at an officer's club in a government-controlled districts. neither side can defeat the other end of the syrian neighbors are increasingly at risk. --
Oct 19, 2012 4:00pm PDT
or later and that lebanon would be dragged into the conflict some political leaders have accused the assad regime in syria of being behind the attack. >> for more on the incident from of volatility out of the region, i spoke a brief time ago with a senior fellow at the washington institute for near east policy. does this bombing show the conflict has spread into lebanon? >> it has spread to the heart of beirut. it has been spreading for a couple of months, the border areas mostly. we see this with the sunni-shi'a tensions excel rating. this is the big move into the capital. >> one politician has said that the syrian president is behind the bombing. is that a credible claim? >> yes, the head of the information bureau, the intelligence in lebanon, that was investigating the role of -- who was backed by damascus in carrying out a number of bombings. this is a clear message to back off inside of those factors. >> lebanon and syria, the politics go hand in hand. many of the same sex in each country overlap and families overlap. it is very hard to be a fool on war in the regime in damascus for t
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
. a burial takes place and nato condemns the assad regime. welcome to gmt. david eades. coming up, with an audience of 50 million to impress, as romney gained ground on obama in the first of the televised presidential debates? >> it is not moral for my generation to keep spending more than we take in, knowing those burdens of will be passed on to the next generation. >> i promised i would fight every single day on behalf of the american people, the middle class, and all those striving to get into the middle class. kept that promise. >> also -- ♪ ♪ you know i love you >> 50 years since the beatles released their first single. it's midday in london, 7:00 in the morning in washington, 2:00 in the afternoon in turkey where the parliament is in an emergency session over a bill of the rise across borders military operations in syria. turkey has already retaliated to the mortar attack that killed five people in a border town. despite international calls for restraint, that military response is still going on. reports that syrian soldiers may have been killed. now this report. >> the
Oct 4, 2012 7:30am EDT
syrian army spokesperson says the assad regime mobilized 30,000 troops and 2,000 tanks for the battle. he says rebel fighters plan to carry out simultaneous bombing attacks on the military. >>> citizens upset by iran's plummeting currency have taken to the streets of the capital tehran. their protests highlight their growing frustration with the government. protesters fought with riot police in the city's main bazaar. they were demanding the government stop the fall of the rial. demonstrators staged another protest in a different area of the city. iran's currency has lost 70% of the value in the past year and hit record lows against the dollar. u.s. and european sanctions targeting iran are hurting the economy. anti-government protests are unusual in iran. an exchanger at the bazaar said the demonstrators were merchants. >> there have been no reports of injuries, but many shops are closed in and around the bazaar. security officers are patrolling the area. >>> japan's foreign minister has promised to increase the volume in the verbal battle with china over the senkaku islands. gemba says
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
's a very dangerous situation. all responsible nations need to band together to persuade the assad regime to have a cease-fire. >> reporter: parts of the syrian city of lipo laid in rubles. syrian state tv said three suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives killing 34 people. three blasts went off within minutes of each other near military officer's club pap fourth struck near the chamber of commerce. the city has become one of the biggest battlegrounds in the 18 month fight between rebels and government forces. syria's parliament condemned the bombings referring to the rebels as terrorists trying to out of president bashir al assad. lipo has seen intense fighting but been rarely the target of suicide attacks. the kploegs triggered panic among some residents who just want the conflict to end. >> it's been three weeks since the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya was attacked. four americans were killed. there are questions and criticism of the u.s. response to the attack. congress is opening its own investigation. at the state department margaret brennan reports secretary clint
Oct 15, 2012 5:00pm PDT
the assad regime, is anyone helping the rebels? the leaders of the syrian rebels have begun to express their frustration with what they see as the west's abandonment of the rebel cause. as come ab ab commander of the free syrian army told clarissa ward on "60 minutes"." >> i get angry when i see civilians killed on the street, and no one will in the world is helping the syrian people. the syrian people will never forgive the international community for failing to stop the assad regime. >> but when the weapons are sent to the syrian rebels, they don't always go where we would want them to. all too often it goes to those who wish to empose sharia law in syria. but as dr. mahernana with close ties to the u.s. government who is trying to arm the free syrian army. >> when you fight for your life, ask for help. when good people don't help you you go to ask for help for else. >> let's bring in president of ploughshares fund, a member of secretary of state hillary clinton international security advisory board and the council on foreign relations. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> are
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Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm EDT
strongly disagree with russia standing by the assad regime. >> treasury department has been very reluctant to call china a currency manipulator. this is topic we discuss on this net work quite often. do you personally believe china nip lates its own currency to its advantage? >> yes i do. they have been doing it quite sometime. saying it explicitly at a time when we're borrowing so much money from them is the best interest the united states or not. they have allowed to currency to because of their own domestic situation wanting to keep inflation under control. this is perfect example of yes, they're manipulating their currency. the best way to do something about that, say the obvious which they're doing that, become less dependent upon borrowing money from the chinese. if the chinese right now said, hey, we don't like the fact you're making these assertions we'll not lend you money anymore, that would cause interest rates we have to pay to borrow money to go up maybe substantially that would not be in the best interest of the american economy. the best way for us to have forthright candid
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Oct 15, 2012 12:00pm PDT
weapons or ordering the military to do anything and syria to stop the bashar al-assad regime. candidate romney said this last week. >> in syria, i will work with our pans to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values. then ensure they have the amendments they need to defeat assad with taverns and helicopters and fighter jets. >>reporter: the syrian government deny add report that shows remnants of cluster bombs that were dropped over several syrian cities on the road north from the capital to aleppo. the weapons explode in the air over the city killing civilians and militants alike and are banned by most nations. syria never signed the human rights conventions. >>shepard: thank you, we we have mike barrett, former intelligence officer. candidate romney points out we want to work out with our pans, and figure out who is whom among the syrian rebels. that is proving to be difficult? >>guest: it is. i was a naval intelligence officer. what you realize is how little we know about who the people are today. as a comment earlier during the reporting was, whoever
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Oct 17, 2012 12:00pm PDT
was at first peaceful so the amended opposition is giving the bashar al-assad regime the resistance it cannot deal with, with if it had one person assad would try to chop it off. they will not give him the pleasure so when his back is against the wall, it is very difficult for him to negotiate his way out of it. that is a complication of the crisis. it is in keeping, you are right, we have well over 100 different commanders in different parts of the country and remain ad groups, i doubt they will all agree but in the end the reason why the ceasefires in the past have not worked and why this will not work assad regime has no intention of implementing it and the opposition knows that. >>shepard: we have schedule more time but there is breaking news. the breaking news there is a man in federal court in the city of new york who has been found to have tried to blow up the federal reserve bank in lower manhattan today. it is not as if he was talking about it. it is not as if he was thinking about it. he tried to do it. he pushed a button to create a massive terror attack on america this morning and
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
about security lapses in the wake of the murders of the ambassador. >>> they battle bashar al assad's regime. your all of it is the escalating confrontation between israel and iran which has become the flash point. mitt romney warning, quote, if the middle east descends into chaos, if iran moves toward nuclear breakout, or if israel's security is compromised, america could be pulled into the maelstrom. we have multiple reports from around the region this morning and we're going to take you everywhere. we're going to take you to atia. >> hi, there, chuck, today three more servicemembers were killed as well as others. they targeted a afghan patrol in the host province. he patrolled the patrol when it was coming to the end and detonated his explosive and it caused mass casualties. the taliban claimed responsibility. that followed another deadly weekend where two other americans were killed just west of kabul. an american servicemember and an american civilian contractor who trains was killed in another insider attack. that's when the afghan servicemembers turn on their coalition counte
Oct 5, 2012 2:00pm EDT
artillery fighting between turkey and syria. yesterday syrian activists predict that the assad regime will fall. this was held by the u.s. institute of peace, and it is close to two hours. >> good morning. in jim marshall, the new president of the institute of peace, which i am delighted to tell you, and i am pleased everyone is here for an import -- to hear about and the port project that has been sponsored by the institute for peace. my job is to introduce steve heideman. he has directed the center for democracy and civil studies -- civil society at georgetown. he -- he is a terrific asset for the institute. this project is driven by syrians, with technical assistance and other kinds of assistance from the institute and a sister institute in germany. it is important these efforts are driven by local populations, things that are handed down from the united states did not work all that well. we are pleased that you are here. i hope you have lots of questions, and if i can turn this over to you -- >> thank you para much, and let me add my welcome to you. we are delighted to see you her
Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
activist today predicted that the assad regime will fall by next summer. the u.s. institute of peace hosted the activist who were part of a group called the day after project. they presented a transition plan for syria which they say is being used by the opposition in areas no longer under assad's control. it's under two hours. [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, ladies and gentlemen. i'm jim marshall the new president of the substitute of peace. i'm delighted to tell you. and i'm also pleased that everyone is here today for a very important -- to hear about a important project that has been sponsored. my job is to introduce steven heydemann. steve is the senior adviser for middle east initiative. he taught at colombia. he is published and directed if the senator for democracy and civil society at georgetown university. steve is terrific asset to the institute. the project is one that it driven by syrians. with assistance technical assistance and other kinds of assistance from the institute in a sister constitution in germany. it's very important that these kinds of efforts be driven
Oct 8, 2012 8:00am PDT
to a ba shall al-assad's regime and there are some more democrat cli inclined shall we say to presumably would want to have a better relationship with the united states with the west and other friendly countries in the middle east, whether saudi arabia or qatar or some of the other countries actively involved in what's going on in syria a. the great concern the obama administration has had and the reason why the u.s. has not sought to arm the rebels is because some of those rebels may be totally opposed to the united states, maybe closer to al qaeda, for example, than to the united states, so once you start arming rebels in a major way, you're not sure where those weapons are going to wind up, and that's been the big concern of the obama administration right now. how do you make sure that the weapons you provide rebels are really going to the good guys as it were as opposed to the potential bad guys and that's not an easy question to answer. >> never. in fact, we have countless examples where this has gone awry. hold the thought for a moment. if you could stand by, i have a lot more ques
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Oct 23, 2012 4:00pm PDT
and in some cases fear over who and what might follow president assad's regime. listen. >> well, i think if you were a country observing sierra and you thought the opposition with a no way capable of managing a transition or governors and you thought there was a vacuum of lawlessness you may decide let's make concessions and a you allow those guys to stay in power. >> the united nations food program announced this afternoon it is planning to feed something like 1.5 million syrians into the middle of next year. an indication of just how long the u.n. believes the civil war will drag on o. >> traveling today and didn't even realize this is now threatening frankly to bring down lebanon's government. >> yeah a lot of lebanese believe that the current government in beirut is too close to the syrian regime of bashar assad. they blame that regime, of course, for last week's devastating car bomb in beirut, a lot of protesters have been on the streets saying that this government must fall. it appears there may well be a new coalition government formed fairly soon. u.s. officials seem to back that
Oct 18, 2012 5:00pm EDT
the down fall of the assad regime and promote the rise of a rebel opposition that would be friendly to the united states, or would they fall into the wrong hands and result in militias with weapons that could do to any western power, to the united states, what was just done to our ambassador in libya? are there really prospects for democratic pluralistic regimes coming to power after assad, and do we have a role in a post-assad transition, or would we put our people in harm's way by trying to do that? when it comes to other cases in the arab spring, you might want to correct me, but looks like we have a president from a muslim brotherhood establishing a strong executive authority, and there are questions about whether we should be giving them foreign aid, and that's a question they have to wrestle with. in bahrain, for example, we're dealing with a non-nato ally with a record of progressive reform, still attempts to make reform, but has opposition with significant support especially from international human rights organization. how much reform do we ask the regime to engage in, or h
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